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Mon, Feb 15, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Feb 15, 2016 -- 10:00 AM From Curing Cancer to Designer Babies, Jennifer Doudna on the Future of Gene Editing

Breeding mosquitos resistant to the malaria virus; designing human babies that are free of genetic disorders; creating a species of unicorns. These goals are all seemingly impossible for now, but that could change in the near future, thanks to recent breakthroughs in gene-editing technology, like CRISPR/Cas9 -- a new method of reorganizing genetic material. UC Berkeley Professor Jennifer Doudna, one of the first pioneers of CRISPR, joins Forum to discuss the future of gene-editing technology and its potential impact on human and non-human life.

Mon, Feb 15, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Feb 15, 2016 -- 9:00 AM Supreme Court Justice Scalia Dies: Political Battle Looms

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly on Saturday. The death of the influential conservative Supreme Court justice sets the stage for an election year battle over his successor.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 -- 10:00 AM Moving On After a Break Up ... And Why It's Too Painful for Some of Us

Let's be honest, breakups are painful. But for certain people, they're downright devastating. A new Stanford study uncovers why some people have more trouble recovering from breakups than others. We'll talk to the study's lead researcher and a therapist. And we want to hear from you: What's the biggest lesson you've learned from a break up?

Fri, Feb 12, 2016 -- 9:30 AM
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 -- 9:30 AM Playwright Julia Cho Processed Personal Loss with Berkeley Rep's "Aubergine"

Korean-American playwright Julia Cho doesn't speak the language of her grandparents. "But I eat their food," she says. Food, family ties, and culture are the center of Cho's "Aubergine," which is premiering this week at Berkeley Rep. Cho joins us in the studio to talk about the play and how writing it helped her cope with the death of her father and a close friend. "Aubergine"

Fri, Feb 12, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 -- 9:00 AM Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves in Deep Space

An international team of scientists announced Thursday that they have detected gravitational waves from two black holes that collided a billion light years away. The waves, also known as "ripples" in the fabric of spacetime, confirm a key prediction of Einstein's general theory of relativity. We discuss the significance and implications of the discovery.

Thu, Feb 11, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 -- 10:00 AM Pete Docter on Pixar's Early Years and Creating 'Inside Out'

When Pete Docter's daughter turned 11, he noticed she turned from a "happy, goofy" girl into a "quiet and more reclusive" one. That shift into teenhood became the basis of his animated film, "Inside Out," which is nominated for two Academy Awards. The movie goes inside the colorful mind of a young girl and introduces us to her emotions as she struggles with her new life in San Francisco. Docter talks about being hired as the third animator at Pixar when it was still a fledgling company and what inspired his films like "Monsters, Inc." and "Up."

Thu, Feb 11, 2016 -- 9:30 AM
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 -- 9:30 AM New Research Finds Blacks Have Highest Rates of Dementia, Asians the Lowest

In what is being called the largest study of ethnic disparities in dementia risk, researchers at Kaiser and UCSF found that African Americans have the highest rates of dementia among six major ethnic groups. The study also found that Asian Americans had the lowest rate. We talk with Rachel Whitmer, the lead investigator of the study, about the findings and what it means for the future of dementia research and treatment.

Thu, Feb 11, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 -- 9:00 AM New East Bay Express Lanes Offer Faster Commutes, At A Price

Nearly 14 miles of new express lanes are set to open along Interstate Highway 580 through Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton later this month. Planners say that the $55 million project is the first step in a massive infrastructure overhaul to ease traffic congestion in the region. The lanes will be free for carpools and will be available for solo drivers who pay a toll ranging from about $2 to $13, depending on congestion. Critics have dubbed such lanes as "Lexus lanes," arguing that they are unfairly accessible to only those who can afford them. We'll discuss the new program, which will require drivers to have a FasTrak transponder.

Wed, Feb 10, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Feb 10, 2016 -- 10:00 AM Alec Ross's Guide to the Tech Industries of the Future

In Alec Ross's Twitter feed, there's a picture of a baby with the caption, "Mom! Dad! There's a 65% chance I will work in a job type that doesn't even exist yet." Ross knows a thing or two about predicting how technology will shape the future. He served as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior advisor of innovation, traveling to 41 countries observing the economic impact of digital technologies. In his new book, "The Industries of the Future," he talks about navigating the pros and cons of everything from robotics to cybersecurity

Wed, Feb 10, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Feb 10, 2016 -- 9:00 AM How New Hampshire Voted

It was a big night for Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump, who both won with double-digit leads over their opponents. We'll break down the results of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and discuss what they mean for the upcoming primaries.

Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 10:30 AM Digital Divide Persists Despite Widespread Mobile Access, According to Study

Most households today have an Internet connection but a new study finds that 23 percent of low-income families rely on mobile-only access with data limits, while 52 percent experience interruptions and poor service with their mobile plans. This "underconnectivity" has a big impact on economic and learning opportunities for families. We'll discuss the study, which comes out of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.

Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 10:00 AM Ugandan Human Rights Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo Battles Tough Anti-Gay Laws

Human Rights Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo has received death threats and attacks for defending LGBT rights in Uganda. In 2014, Opiyo led the constitutional challenge that struck down the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act, which called for life imprisonment for same-sex sexual acts. Forum talks with Opiyo about the renewed efforts to criminalize homosexuality in Uganda and about the role of U.S. evangelicals in promoting anti-gay laws in that country.

Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 9:00 AM Radical Overhaul of California Public Utilities Commission Proposed by State Lawmakers

California Assemblymember Mike Gatto introduced legislation last week that would put a proposal on the November ballot to shut down the California Public Utilities Commission by 2018 and allocate its functions to other agencies. The Commission has come under increasing fire for oversight failures following the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, the 2012 closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant and the ongoing natural gas leak at Porter Ranch. We look at this latest proposal and past attempts to reform the CPUC and what may change about the industries it regulates: electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water and transportation.

Mon, Feb 8, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 -- 10:00 AM Reflections from the WWII Rifleman Who Played Violin for Truman, Churchill and Stalin

As a 19-year old army rifleman in World War II, Stuart Canin once played violin for Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin at Potsdam in 1945. The Bay Area musician, now in his 90's, says he has never been as nervous in front of an audience as he was on that day. We'll talk with him about that experience, which is the subject of a new short film called "The Rifleman's Violin." We'll also explore that period of history as World War II drew to a close and the Cold War was just starting.

Mon, Feb 8, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 -- 9:00 AM California Coastal Commission Members Move to Oust Executive Director

The California Coastal Commission will vote whether to fire Executive Director Charles Lester who has led the powerful conservation agency since 2011. Environmentalists call the move to oust Lester a pro-development coup. Meanwhile, commissioners supporting the firing, who include four Jerry Brown appointees, have declined to speak publicly. They reportedly point to management problems and lack of diversity during Lester's tenure. We discuss the upcoming vote and how it may affect the 12-member Commission and the 1,100 miles of California coastline it regulates.

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